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Suspect involved in Houston shootout was military vet who may have suffered from PTSD

May 31, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Suspect involved in Houston shootout was military vet who may have suffered from PTSD

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The deranged killer behind Sunday’s deadly shooting in Houston, Texas served in Afghanistan and was possibly suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, his father reported to a local TV station.

The man’s father described in a statement to KPRC Channel 2 in Houston that his son, Dionisio Garza III, had been exhibiting troublesome behavior in recent months. Garza traveled to Texas to meet with others who shared his perspective that the United States is on the verge of a collapse.

The suspect’s Twitter account included obscene posts bashing Sadiq Khan, London’s Muslim mayor. He also posted tweets praising Donald Trump.

Garza’s father told the television station “We have not received confirmation, but I strongly suspect, I really believe this is a PTSD thing.”

He also said that his son was an Army veteran who was born in California and he frequently communicated with others on the Internet who encouraged his anti-social behavior.

“He was trying to get us all to go over (to Texas), and you know, go live in a compound. That kind of talk, you know? That wasn’t my son,” said Garza’s father.

The man reportedly last communicated with his son on Saturday, just a day before the shooting occurred. Eugene Linscomb, who was 56 years old, was killed in the attack and several others were injured.

Authorities have yet to reveal a motive. Garza was shot by a member of a SWAT team after an hour of mass chaos leading to a neighborhood being placed on lockdown.

Police have even reported that a fire spread at a gas station next door after a bullet hit a pump.

According to ABC13 Eyewitness News in Houston, the gunman was originally from San Bernadino County in California. He was discharged from service in 2014, and no prior criminal records have been revealed.

After the gun violence had ceased, police uncovered a combat-style backpack on the ground that contained multiple bullets and Garza’s birth certificate.

The man’s father wasn’t surprised that his son went off the deep end. He told Channel 2 that “He was rambling off about the economy collapsing, you know. And that something was going to happen by Monday, that kind of stuff. Of course, you look back now, and there were signs. There were signs.”

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